Colors of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Rose quartz and aquamarine are the colors of the year

Rose quartz and aquamarine are the colors of the year

Every year, the Pantone Color Institute proclaims the colors of the year. In 2016, for the first time, there are two: Rose Quartz (pink) and Serenity (light blue). As Pantone states in their announcement, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

How jewelry follows this fashion trend

A search of the web shows that a number of jewelers are following the pink/blue trend. Rose quartz is the obvious pink; the blue stone most often used is aquamarine. Both have been symbols of love throughout history.

Pastel gems, paired with pearls

Pastel gems, paired with pearls

  • Rose quartz is a relatively durable stone (7 on the Mohs Scale) that is well-suited for large pieces of jewelry. It is widely known as the “love” gemstone, bringing love to all relationships, from children to their parents to lovers even to friends. It’s also highly regarded as a healing stone.
  • Aquamarine is the blue/green variety of the mineral beryl (and from the same family as the emerald). It is a hard gem (7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale) that evokes both the sky and the ocean, with its cool light azure tone. In medieval times, it was thought to reawaken love.

Other pink and blue gem options

There are other gems that can stand in for rose quartz and aquamarine, according to Stuller,Inc.:

  • Rose quartz-inspired gemstones include Morganite, Baby Pink Topaz, Pink Sapphire (A quality), and Pink Color Enhanced Diamonds.
  • Serenity-inspired gemstones include Blue Chalcedony, Sky Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, and Aqua Blue Color Enhanced Diamonds.


Trendsetters say that you don’t have to wear the two colors in one piece; you can layer them to bring a fresh aspect to your outfit. So be adventurous. Spring and summer are the perfect time to show off your colors of the year.

Remember, I’m always here to help you with your jewels, pink/blue, clear, or green— or any color. Let me know if you need an updated appraisal, advice on estate jewelry, or any other information.

Brilliantly yours,


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